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    Department of Chemical Engineering Newsletter
Summer | 2015

Letter from the Chair

Dr Thomas WebsterFinally, summertime in Boston!

This summer, we are celebrating our largest undergraduate graduation size ever in chemical engineering (71 students), our record number of students participating in our 2nd Annual Summertime International Research Program, the promotion of our Vice-Chair Prof. Kate Ziemer to become Associate Director of Curriculum Development in the Provost's Office, new faculty hires, numerous student and faculty awards, new publications and so much more.

Please find in this issue an update of the Chemical Engineering Department at Northeastern as we continue to experience unprecedented expansion in our faculty, students, and research productivity.

I hope you will mark your calendar now to celebrate all of our accomplishments during the AIChE Annual Conference in Salt Lake City where again, we will have Northeastern reception on the night of November 10th.

Thomas J. Webster

Professor and Zafiropoulo Endowed Chair, Chemical Engineering

Anyone Can Do Whatever They Dream of Doing

Claudia OkonkwoBorn and raised in Nigeria, Claudia Okonkwo, ChE’15, wanted to become an engineer despite the fact that it is considered an unusual profession for women there. Today, she’s a graduate of Northeastern University with a bachelor’s in chemical engineering and is moving on to Georgia Tech to pursue her doctorate in chemical and biomolecular engineering. “I believe anyone can do whatever they dream of doing,” says Okonkwo.

Okonkwo was recently featured in a Northeastern-produced video entitled, Women in STEM. Click here to watch.

Webster, Carrier to Chair Upcoming Conferences

Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Research Rebecca Carrier has been named the Chair of the 2017 Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN. Meanwhile, Professor and Chair Thomas Webster has been named Chair of the 11th International Conference on Medical Applications of Novel Biomaterials and Nanotechnology in Perugia, Italy in June 2016.

These appointments come on the heels of three recent conferences successfully chaired by Chemical Engineering faculty — the AIChE Northeast Student Regional Conference (Courtney Pfluger), the Northeast Regional ASPB Meeting (Carolyn Lee-Parsons), and the Northeast Section American Society for Engineering 2015 Conference (Kate Ziemer).

Ziemer Appointed Associate Vice Provost

Kate ZiemerAssociate Professor and Vice Chair Kate Ziemer has been elevated to the Provost Office for a 1-year term as Associate Vice Provost for Curriculum. Recognized as a national authority on engineering education, Dr. Ziemer will be working directly with the Sr. Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Experiential Learning and the Vice Provost for Education on university curricular issues. Please see the full announcement here.

ChE Faculty, Staff and Students Recognized

Awards banquetWe congratulate the many award winners at this year’s annual chemical engineering awards banquet, sponsored by Practical Applications, Inc. Among the winners, Dr. Lucas Landherr received the Dick R.H. Sioui Award for Excellence in Teaching, Dr. Rebecca Carrier won the International Journal of Nanomedicine Outstanding Researcher Award, and undergraduate Caleb Donnelly received the Nabil Morris Outstanding Student Award.

Additionally, the College of Engineering has awarded the Going the Extra Mile “GEM” Staff Award to Sr. Lab Technician Rob Eagan.

Congratulations to these and all of our award winners!

Recent Publications

Chemical Engineering faculty and students remain among the most active in the College of Engineering for research findings, publications, and invited talks. Below is just a small sample of scholastic articles authored or co-authored by our department lab groups:

Mehdi Zamanpour, Steven P Bennett, Leily Majidi, Yajie Chen, Vincent G Harris, “Process Optimization and Properties of Magnetically Hard Cobalt Carbide Nanoparticles via Modified Polyol Method,” Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 625, 138–143 (2015).

Rizvi, N., Cornejo, M., Stein, K., Weaver, J., Cram, E.J., Lee-Parsons, C.W.T. (2015) “An efficient transformation method for estrogen-inducible transgene expression in Catharanthus roseus hairy roots", Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture (PCTOC), 120(2): 475-487. doi: 10.1007/s11240-014-0614-1. Epub 2014 Sep

Weaver, J., Goklany, S., Rizvi, N., Cram, E.J., Lee-Parsons, C. W.T. (2014) “Optimizing the transient Fast Agro-mediated Seedling Transformation (FAST) method in Catharanthus roseus seedlings,” Plant Cell Reports, 33(1): 89-97. doi: 10.1007/s00299-013-1514-2. Epub 2013 Oct 2.

C. J. Kinane, M. Loving, M. A. de Vries, R. Fan, T. R. Charlton, J. S. Claydon, D. A. Arena, F. Maccherozzi, S. S. Dhesi, D. Heiman, C. H. Marrows, L. H. Lewis, and Sean Langridge, “Observation of a temperature dependent asymmetry in the domain structure of a Pd doped FeRh epilayer”, 2014 New J. Phys. 16 113073 doi:10.1088/1367-2630/16/11/113073

Eric Poirier, Frederick E. Pinkerton, Robert Kubic, Raja K. Mishra, Nina Bordeaux, Arif Mubarok, Laura H. Lewis, Joseph I. Goldstein, Ralph Skomski, and Katayun Barmak, “Intrinsic magnetic properties of L10 FeNi obtained from meteorite NWA 6259”, Journal of Applied Physics 117, 17E318 (2015); doi: 10.1063/1.4916190

B.D. Plouffe and S.K. Murthy. “Microfluidic Cell Separation: A Solved Problem?” Analytical Chemistry 2014, 86, 11481–11488 (invited Perspective Article).

Lu, Jing; Webster, Thomas J. “Reduced immune cell responses on nano and submicron rough titanium,” Acta Biomaterialia, Volume: 16. Pages 223-231. Publishes: APR 1 2015

Yazici, Hilal; Alpaslan, Ece; Webster, Thomas J. “The Role of Dextran Coatings on the Cytotoxicity Properties of Ceria Nanoparticles Toward Bone Cancer Cells,” JOM. Volume: 67. Issue: 4. Pages: 804-810. Published: APR 2015.

R. J. Willey, "Consider the Role of Safety Layers in the Bhopal Disaster," Chemical Engineering Progress 110 (12), (2014), 22-27.

R. J. Willey, "Article: Layer of Protection Analysis," Procedia Engineering (2014), DOI: 10.1016/j.proeng.2014.10.405.

For more information on this and other happenings in Chemical Engineering, visit the Department news blotter.


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